The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government 'rehabilitation camp.' She might have survived the mysterious disease that''s killed most of America''s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out,...
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Overview

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government 'rehabilitation camp.' She might have survived the mysterious disease that''s killed most of America''s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she''s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can''t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will st
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ruby was nine years old when the IAAN virus struck, killing an estimated 98% of adolescents across the U.S. Many of those who survived developed psychic abilities and face a perilous future, locked in brutal work camps. There are five categories of survivors, ranging from the less threatening Greens and Blues, with photographic memories and telekinetic powers, to the more powerful and dangerous Oranges and Reds. Ruby, now 16, is an Orange who has posed as a Green, and struggles to control her ability to see into others’ minds. When an antigovernment group breaks Ruby out of her camp, it’s the first step on a violent, unpredictable journey during which she forms a family of sorts with a group of fellow runaways. Bracken (Brightly Woven) has created a gritty, economically devastated near-future America where children are hunted and feared, and danger lurks even in the aisles of an abandoned Wal-Mart. Ruby is a strong and sympathetic heroine, and the story’s quick-paced action leads to a heartbreaking cliffhanger that will have readers eager for the next book in this planned trilogy. Ages 12–up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this dystopian future, most preadolescents and adolescents are dead, brought down by a new disease, Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration. Ruby Daly and other survivors from her town are taken to Camp Thurmond by the Psi Special Forces to be tested, categorized, and, according to the PR, "rehabilitated." There is no rehabilitation, though, in the concentration camps for young people with special powers, just drudgery and punishment. Ruby hides a secret from the PSF-she is not a Green, but an Orange, someone who can affect other people's minds. Members of the Children's League help her to escape but she is soon on the run from them as well when she learns that they intend to use her to commit violence. She joins the small band of Liam and Chubs, who are telekinetics, or Blues, and Zu, who is a Yellow, a person who can control electricity and machinery. Together the four seek East River, a sanctuary whose leader, the Slip Kid, can supposedly get messages to their parents. Before they can find the camp, they have to evade PSF soldiers, bounty hunters, and the Children's League, as well as solve the riddle of its location. While this story is full of action, it is also given depth by the difficult choices that Ruby faces. There are some fairly disturbing events and images (torture, rape, blood splattering, etc.). This book is a natural for dystopia fans but romance readers will also enjoy the blooming love between Ruby and Liam.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423179184
  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Series: Darkest Minds Series , #1
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 9,016
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestsellingauthor of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised inArizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William& Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find herhard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that'sperpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and onTwitter @alexbracken.

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

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    I received this book from Disney Hyperion to read for an honest

    I received this book from Disney Hyperion to read for an honest review. I want to thank them for sending it to me. Receiving this book for free in no way influenced my opinion or review.




    Blurb from Goodreads:
    When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
    Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
    When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
    When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.




    I'll start with the cover. Simple and to the point, I think. If you read the book, you'll completely understand the use of the Psi symbol on the cover. I like that the color scheme involves on two primary colors. And I really love how the symbol color makes it look like fire. The barbed wire around the bottom and top are perfect in conveying the message of the main characters really being trapped (which you'll understand more when you read the book as I don't want to spoil anything). I have a physical copy of this book and I love the feel of the cover. It's that soft paper. Job well done with the cover.




    I really wasn't sure what to expect as far as the storyline was concerned. I knew it was kind of a dystopian type read, but I wasn't expecting the supernatural Xmen feel that this book gave. Since I love Xmen type stuff, this one was right up my ally. I love how the characters all have some type of power. I also love how the author chose to use a color system for character classification according to "how dangerous" they were: red being the most dangerous of all. Any story that involves people who are oppressed in some way by the government and choose to fight back is always a good read for me. With all the dystopian reads out there now, it's hard to find one that is different, and this certainly did the job for me. And the fun thing was you went into the story completely blind, without knowing the United States was slowly breaking down and without knowing why it was. And the author's world building is fun and different, giving the reader the opportunity to put the pieces together, rather than bore you with tons of explanations and descriptions.




    Bracken's writing is crisp and clean. It flows and there are no awkward breaks or places to misunderstand what is going on. She unfolds details in subtle ways and allows the reader to work on building the puzzle within their own mind. She perfectly depicts the darkness and loneliness the characters are experiencing in a world that has pitted people against them for being different.




    The characters are well thought out in this book.
    I really love the main heroine, Ruby. I didn't find her to be too annoying with her teen angst and self-pitying as I do with other female main characters in YA books. No annoying whiny voice. She tells us her story and the stories of the other characters through her eyes. And she is as much a mystery to herself as she is to us. As she learns, we learn. As she grows, so do we. She is very relatable and certainly shows the innocence and naiveté of a character who has not been "out in the world" to learn.
    Liam, well, he's sweet and good looking. Totally patient and unconditionally loving. He's nice to a fault and protective to his own detriment. He's funny and also mysterious. You can't help but fall for him. And watching him slowly fall for Ruby is great. He has a huge heart and is what you would certainly call one of the good boys.
    Chubs and Zu are terrific supporting characters. Chubs is intelligent and a bit non-trusting. But he slowly grows to accept Ruby and it's great to watch their friendship blossom. And I love how Zu conveys all her thoughts through her actions, as she doesn't speak a word the entire book!
    Clancy, well, I won't say much about it because it will give away the story. But I knew from the start he just was not what he was cracked up to be. And I could not bring myself to trust him at all.




    One thing I loved about this book is that it did not revolve around the romance between the two characters. There is no insta-love, which is such a nice treat and far turn from so many other dystopians I have read recently. Sure, it was there, lingering until you are just about to explode if the characters don't give in to each other, but it's not the main theme. The main theme is focused on the character's experiences as they work their way through their powers and learn from each other along the way. And the pace is perfect, fast where it needs to be and slow where you would not expect it to be. And Bracken doesn't hold back on the heartbreak but does give you hope that at some point it will be mended.




    If you enjoy books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Delirium, you will love The Darkest Minds. AS a matter of fact, this book reminded me of one of my favorite reads of the year, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (although there is MUCH less romance in this book than Shatter Me).




    I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. Thank you again to Disney for providing me with this totally awesome book! 5 out of 5 stars!

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    5

    This will be the next Hunger Games or Divergent. Can't wait for the next book! I'm off to research the author now.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

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    In a Sentence: The Darkest Minds had a steady-moving plot with m

    In a Sentence: The Darkest Minds had a steady-moving plot with memorable secondary characters, but I kind of felt as if I'd heard it all before.

    My Thoughts

    I'd been interested in reading The Darkest Minds since I first heard of it, especially considering how much I enjoyed Alexandra Bracken's first novel, Brightly Woven. Which means that when another blogger offered to lend me her ARC over this past summer, I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, once my graduate teaching assistant orientation started in mid-August, followed shortly by the first week of school (and my first week of teaching!), my free reading time became virtually non-existent. I didn't actually get around to starting The Darkest Minds until the middle of November, and because my reading time was so limited, it took me nearly three weeks to finish it. 

    The book itself had a relatively fast moving plot, and I had no trouble becoming quickly absorbed in Ruby's story. With The Darkest Minds, Bracken has created a gripping dystopian world with a cast of vivid characters. Personally, I thought that the secondary characters Zu and Chubs were particularly memorable, and I really appreciated the additions their presence made to the book. Aside from Zu and Chubs, I felt connections with several other characters as well because I sympathized with their plight. There's always something about a damaged character that draws me into a book, and all of these characters were definitely damaged. 

    I also enjoyed the romance in The Darkest Minds. In young adult fiction (especially in sub-genres of fantasy), romances often lean towards the forbidden, stalkerish, or obsessive, and what Ruby and Liam had seemed to me to be refreshingly healthy, considering they were two superpowered teenagers on the run. 

    My only problem with The Darkest Minds is a relatively minor one...in that it didn't seem all that different to me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story, and I will definitely be reading (probably buying) the sequel, but I would have liked to have seen something that would have made it stand out a little bit more from all the other books in its genre. 

    Overall, I found The Darkest Minds to be a steady-paced read with solid characters, if a little run-of-the-mill when it comes to the plot. I will definitely be continuing the series, and I'd recommend it to fans of the dystopian genre. A word to the wise though...brace yourself for the ending. It's one heck of a cliffhanger!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    My review of this book:

    When i first saw the cover i thought it would be a good book. I finished the sample within a matter of minutes and could not put the book( or in this case nook) down! I loved the action and the romance( even though it was a little slow) . However, when the book ended i had a bunch of mixed feelings. I was angry at the fact that one of my favorite characters died and that you know who had to do you know what to free him( LEE) . Overall, my final opinion( even though i was a little upset at the end) is that this is an AWESOME book and i hope that there will be another.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    The Darkest Minds

    Loved this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    I got hooked on this book about 150 pages in and couldnt put it

    I got hooked on this book about 150 pages in and couldnt put it down! It was absolutely amazing! the ending frustrated me but it made me want to read the next one so much more! I am calling it now, THIS WILL BE THE NEXT BIG THING! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    !!!

    This book was abslutly amazing, it kept me interested and craveing more the entire story.but to me it had a TERRIBLE ending, i guess i was just expecting somthing diffrent but it just depends on the person i geuss, and useally i woyldnt read a book i fi hear that it has a bad ending but this book is completly defferent and you should take the chanc ebecause over all its the best book ive read in my entire live!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

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    I'm so glad that I finally had a chance to read this book. And y

    I'm so glad that I finally had a chance to read this book. And yes, it was freaking awesome!




    Waking up and finding out the life is not going to be the same is freaky. There is disease going around killing children and yet some children are not dying. Why??? Ruby has the answer to that question. And while I could spoil it for you, I rather have you, the reader, pick up this book and discover why.  And if you do pick up this book, hang on tight. It's going to be one helluva ride!




    The characters in the book make the story. Following along in Ruby shoes you feel her every emotion, fear, and plea. MY GOD, the plea's is what gets me. The "Please, I'm green." The lonely chant in her head that pleas for her to keep steady, to just hold on a little bit longer. Every time Ruby almost got caught, it had me on the edge of the seat! Every character, even minor ones, contribute to an awesome story that changes Ruby and the reader. 




    I have to admit that I had no idea what I was going to read when I picked up the book. 
    MIND BLOWN. I can't wait to read what happens in the sequel cause the ending left me heart-broken and stronger than ever to face what comes next.




    The Darkest Mind open your eyes to a world that is lead by fear and power.  It captivates the reader with amazing clarity and feel for a dark world. A story that can triumph any reader, The Darkest Mind is superb.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    Februrary turned out to be a really good reading month for me wh

    Februrary turned out to be a really good reading month for me when it came to reading. I read quite a few amazing books last month and The Darkest Minds was on of them. In fact out of the whole month this was my absolute favourite read.

    I had had this one on my TBR list since March of 2012 so it was great to finally get my hands on a copy and start reading. I thought that Alexandra Bracken's sophomore young adult novel was an awesome showcase of her talent.

    I expected this to be the usual dystopian read where the girl has strange powers blah, blah, blah. But I was completely taken by surprise. Instead of the whiney, angsty novel I was expecting I was taken on a fast paced adventure ride.

    I absolutely loved the story of Ruby. As a character she is near the top of my favourite young adult heroines. She's smart, funny, awkward, and willing to do anything she can to keep her new friends including her love interest Liam safe even if it means making the reader (me) scream at her in frustration at the end of the book. If you've read the book you'll know what I'm referring to. Anyways, back to Ruby. I loved the fact that she struggled with her ability throughout the entirety of the novel. She didn't go from being awkward to a super confident stuck up girl like many characters do after they experience life changing moments which I really appreciated because no one likes a perfect character.

    The other characters were great too. Even the bad guys. I really liked getting to know Zu, and Chubs. They were both interesting characters though Chubs always seemed to make me laugh at his snarky remarks. Liam though takes the cake when it comes to side characters and love interests though. He's the good guy which I love seeing in young adult noels because I find that the "bad boy" love interest thing is way too over done. I loved how protective he was of Ruby and anyone else who needed his help.

    The story line was interesting. I liked that it centered around a disease that killed off the majority of Children but left those that remained with certain abilities. Plus the whole segregation of the kids with these abilities from the general public was interesting.

    The writing of The Darkest Minds was quite spectacular. It was fast paced and had many plot twists that I loved. The fact that it wasn't a straight forward love story but more of a thriller was great. I loved how the author was able to create such real characters that were perfect in the fact that they were flawed like everyone else. I also liked that this was a bit of a darker, more grown up YA novel because the author wasn't afraid of dropping the F-bomb and other expletives every once in a while. The dialogue between her characters was very well done as well it flowed easily and wasn't robotic or forced.

    What I loved the most was that the story of The Darkest Minds was able to draw me in for hours at a time and left me saddened at the end of the first book wishing there was a sequel readily available for me to read immediately. I'm completely and utterly enthralled with Ruby's story and I really can't wait to see what happens in the sequel when it's released. For me this is probably one of the best YA books I've ever read and I'm so glad I read it when I did.

    I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves YA novels. There's a bit of romance, a lot of betrayal, violence and will keep you wanting to read into the wee hours of the night. Alexandra Bracken gives a likable female heroine that readers can invest in and one who they'll cheer for.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Honestly, this book is one of those few reads that you will alwa

    Honestly, this book is one of those few reads that you will always remember and love. It was one of the best books I have ever read. The symbol on the cover is really clever because the psi symbol is a greek symbol with the color orange. I love how the author develops the characters very well. Although she focuses on Ruby and her struggles with her hidden power from the authorities, when she meets Zu, Chubs, and Liam she brings forth the contrasting personalities and how they interact with each other.  Throughout the book you get hints and backstories behind each character that makes you fall in love with them. The author really invests into these characters and the struggles they face in this dystopia society with a corrupt government. My heart experienced a lot of pain in this story, so be ready for mature content because the characters face abuse, violence, and heartbreak. Unlike most dystopia reads that are trending right now, you really understand the characters viewpoints and the plot is unique with concentration-like camps as well as a government trying to take advantage of these traumatized children. Overall, this read was exceptional and I look forward to the next book! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in dystopian societies, superhuman powers, and great characters. 

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken Age Range: 12 and up Gra

    The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    Age Range: 12 and up
    Grade Level: 7 and up
    Series: Darkest Minds (Book 1)
    Hardcover: 496 pages
    Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (December 18, 2012)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1423157370
    ISBN-13: 978-1423157373

    I received this book from the publisher Hyperion/Disney in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

    My Review~
    After reading this book, I'm absolutely just speechless on how it ended. I keep going through it in my head again and again and can't hardly wait to delve into the next book in the series. The ending leaves you just breathless and on the edge of your seat. The book is very edgy which shows tremendously in the cover! I was wondering what the symbol meant in the book and it was amazingly all revealed. I can not believe all the twists in this book that left you with who is the actual good guy in all the bad guys. I'm still stunned. I just adore Ruby because through everything and even knowing what she is she still is protective of the ones she loves to the very end. This book is even better than the Hunger Games or so far it is the best! Very in-depth read full of action, friendship, sadness, guilt, hope, love, and adventure! This is a great read even for adults who love dystopian reads! All I want to do right now is seriously freak out with- OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG over and over again. I woke up thinking about it this morning and had to re-read the ending which is not normal for me unless it is an absolute page-turner. This book series need to be put into a movie pronto! This budding author sure knows how to deliver one bang up novel can't wait to see what she has in store for Ruby, Liam, Zu, Chubs, and Clancy! All I can keep saying is wow oh wow oh wow!

    Amazon Book Description~
    When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

    Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

    When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her--East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

    When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Must read

    I couldnt put this book down, i cant wait for the second one. I really hope the following books are even better then this. Even though some parts were slow and confusing they were worth the adventure.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    I found a new book to add to my "favorite books EVER"

    I found a new book to add to my "favorite books EVER" category. The Darkest Minds is a spectacular book, and everyone should read it! It has all the right elements to an alluring and emotional story. 




    This novel is about children who are forced into these rehabilitation camps because they have special powers, and we follow the story of a girl name Ruby. Although they all have powers, some children are considered more dangerous than the rest because they have the ability to manipulate and control minds-Ruby is one of them. She has been taught all her life to fear her powers, but it was only a matter of time before she embraced them and that is where her story began.




    The concept of this story is so unsettling and frightening-these teenagers have to fend and protect themselves and one another because the government and their families have turned against them. They are never safe, and it seems like they only have three options: 1. death 2. "rehabilitation" camps 3. live their lives on the run. Life for them is never safe, and that really adds suspense and anxiety to the story. It's like every peaceful moment is nothing more than the calm before the storm because in this world, no place is safe for long. Ruby is always on the run, and I felt as if I was pulled in and running along side with her-that's how much I connected with her character.




    Liam, Chubs, and Zu were all fantastic and very well developed characters. I love Liam's enthusiasm and his ability to see the silver lining in any situation, despite the thick dark clouds that seem to always hover around him. He's strong and smart, but never arrogant or unkind. He was definitely a sweet character, and all the Ruby and Liam moments had me swooning like a little girl. 




    Chubs, is one of the my favorite characters, hands down. I love his sarcasm and sometimes upright hostility, but even in the beginning when he didn't like Ruby, there was something about him that I did like-his ability to rationalize even in the murkiest situations. The friendship that he and Ruby created was beautiful, and he is a lot stronger than he seems.








    The ending to the book had me in tears :( I was stuck between anger and sympathy for Ruby, and we all know that those two feeling are completely conflicting. I need Never Fade right now because all this wondering and speculating in my head cannot be healthy...

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

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    By the end of its prologue, The Darkest Minds reached a fist int

    By the end of its prologue, The Darkest Minds reached a fist into my chest and gripped tight onto my heart, it then proceeded to crush it, and my soul, into tiny little microscopic pieces of dust until the last page. Bleak. Devastating. Brutal. Brilliant. This book will break you apart until you’re a quivering heap of tears and you will still want more. This is what dystopian fiction should be.

    Ruby’s world is a horrific one. Most of the United States child populations has been killed by a mysterious disease and those who did manage to survive it have developed paranormal psychic abilities. Once the government catches on to this they start rounding the kids up into what are effectively concentration camps, under the guise of “rehabilitation”, outright killing the ones they consider the most dangerous-those ranked as yellows, oranges and reds. It’s without a doubt the most disturbing dystopian world I’ve ever come across and Bracken throws the reader into it without mercy.

    The writing is brilliant, haunting and utterly draining. There were multiple times when I had to pause my reading to close my eyes and just breathe. Bracken’s world-building is rich in detail, the action is intense, heart-stopping and the story is perfectly paced. However the best and brightest part  is the characters. Ruby, Lee, Chubs, Zu. They were all fantastically built, complex, multidimensional, amazing, lovable. I cannot gush about them enough. Despite trying to keep myself emotionally distant from them because this is one of those worlds in which you just know that nobody is safe, they all wormed their way into my heart. Ruby is precious. I feel so immensely protective of her. She’s suffered through the worst that the human race has to offer, lives in terror and has moments where she feels weak and powerless and yet she is so incredibly brave and resilient. She could have easily let herself drown in self-pity and misery but she never lets it happen and that makes me love her all the more. And the moment when she finally embraces her power is some of the best writing and character development I have ever seen. I was drowning in tears and love and pride.  As for the rest of the group? Lee is just an utterly charming southern boy, brave, loyal and true. Chubs, while frustrating at times, with his tough as nails attitude won me over most in the moments when he was tender and vulnerable. And Zu is such a sweet, funny girl. I really appreciated how developed this whole group of character was, and the bond between them all was my absolute favorite part of the story. The sweet blush of romance that develops between Lee and Ruby was also a surprising highlight and felt completely organic, slowly developing over time as they learn to trust each other.

    This book also holds what might be the creepiest villain I have ever come across. There are actually multiple villains, all with their own secret agendas, another aspect that I really enjoy, but of the two we get to know up close through Ruby’s interactions with them, there was only one that I felt was truly evil. I hear a lot of talk about how Warner (of The Shatter Me series) and the Darkling (of the Grisha trilogy) are the creepiest YA villains but compared to the one in this book they are sweet little puppies. My skin is still crawling and I actually had to force down vomit at two particular moments. TMI I KNOW, but necessary to emphasize my point.

    The Darkest Minds started with a bang and ended the same. I was left openly sobbing, feeling as if my heart had been wrenched out of my chest and desperate for the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Absolutely amazing

    The Darkest Minds was one of the best books i've read this summer. All of the pieces fit together, and the characters were all beautifully sculpted. Never has the ending of a book made me cry so hard! Alexandria Bracken could give Nicholas Sparks a run for his money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    AWESOME!!!

    I read this and i absolutely love it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    AWSEOMEST BOOK I EVER READ

    Amazing amazing amazing. Such a great and wonderful adventure read. I definitly reccomend this book to you because you need to read it. The story is about a girl named ruby who is basically a mutant and she escapes her camp and goes on along adventure for the slip kid. Such a great read. At times it can make you laugh or cry. I read this book in two days. Check out this book right now a nd buy it and read the whole 488 page book :-) ; p

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    To put this out there right up front, this is one of my favorite

    To put this out there right up front, this is one of my favorite books ever and the beginning of one of my top three favorite dystopian series.

    Ruby and company are part of a generation of children who have developed various powers, each given a different color code. The government locks them into camps to try to “cure” them. Obviously, this is not how it goes, because if they just went to camp and were cured there would be no plot to speak of. I’ll leave it to you to read the book and find out what happens.

    Ruby is a refreshing character in the world of young adult dystopias. While she does have quite a bit of naiveté when it comes to interactions with the outside and boys due to being sent to the camp when she was ten, she is certainly not slow to pick up on things. She takes help and needs help but is by no means a damsel in distress. Others need her just as badly as she needs them. All too often these types of novels leave the heroine in somewhat of an intellectual fog when it comes to adaptation to their new environments, but Ruby does not suffer from that. This is part of why I love it so much.

    The other characters are all wonderful. Each one has a well-developed back story that is compelling and heartbreaking. This is not a novel where you find anyone with an easy life. Getting to know them on such an intimate level made me become invested in the novel as whole, not just as it related to Ruby, and made me feel genuine panic when the fates of some became unknown.

    The author clearly thought out the motivations of every character in a scene before writing it. None of it is muddled, and it all fits perfectly with their history and current circumstances. None of it seems out-of-place and it makes the plot flow beautifully leaving no room for holes in a character’s plot line. It’s an excellent example for those looking for what to do when it comes to character development.

    There is one scene that is particularly disturbing in a sexual consent and control issue way. It’s intense enough that I feel it warrants a description here rather than a brief mention in the content warnings. One character takes advantage of another by using their powers. It’s somewhat ambiguous as to the exact nature of what occurred, but it is definitely creepy and a possible trigger for some. That being said, it is in no way gratuitous and does serve to further both character development and plot. In my opinion, it’s a delicate subject that is handled well.

    I cannot end this review without mentioning the world-building aspect. That is my favorite part of any non-realistic fiction type novel and Alexandra Bracken does not disappoint. It’s a world still very much like how we live today, but one going downhill fast. The best parts of the small details that make perfect sense but many would not even think to add. For example, what would the radio play in an absence of teenagers? Oldies. Don’t even get me started on how they are used, because as a combined biblio- and audiophile I may never stop speaking.

    Overall, I recommend this book to the point that were I a rich man I would buy all of you reading this review a copy. Well-written, well-developed, heartbreaking, and really darn fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    This Book is SOOOO Good

    It goes along with the type of dystopian society that is popular in young adult Novels. being 16 and enjoying books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent i really Liked it and am currently obsessed! its definitely worth a read <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Great read!

    I'm not going to tell you about the plot like a lot of these other reviews. I'll simply let you know if you are looking for a book with an adventure, with an emotional roller coaster, underdogs with hearts of gold, a touching love story, and will keep you coming back to turn the pages to see what happens next, this is the book for you. ENJOY!... I did!

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